Student Handbook

2016-2017

            

Welcome to

J.A. Hughes Elementary School

601 1st Street NE, PO Box 7

Red Lake Falls, MN 56750

Chris Bjerklie, Principal

Ph 218-253-2161

Fax 218-253-4479

www.redlakefalls.k12.mn.us


                          

 

Welcome to J.A. Hughes Elementary School

 

 

 

District #630 Mission Statement

 

The mission of Red Lake Falls Public Schools is to build pride and self esteem

by providing total resources so individuals can reach their full potential.

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL PLEDGE

 

I like myself.

I can think for myself.

I am responsible for my own actions.

There is not a problem I cannot solve.

I will do my best work today.

 

 

 

 

Staff and Student at J.A. Hughes treat each other

with dignity, fairness and respect.

 

 

MORE INFORMATION ON BOARD POLICIES

 

  For more information on these and other specific I.S.D. #630 board policies, please refer to the I.S.D. #630 Policy Manual. The Policy Manual can be viewed in its entirety at the District Office, J. A. Hughes Elementary or Lafayette High School.

 

 

Red Lake Falls Public School District #630 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability.


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 


1  Board of Education

1  Elementary Staff

2  Tentative School Calendar

3  District Phone/Fax Numbers

3  Office, Teacher & Student Hours

3  Student Drop Off and Admission to Building

3  Entering the School Building

3  Parking

3  Walkers

3  Bicycles/Roller Blades/Skate Boards

4  Bus Passes

4  Dismissal

4  Visiting School and Visitor Passes

4  Student Directory Information

5  School Attendance

6  Procedure for Reporting Absences

6  Tardiness

6  School Breakfast & Lunch Program

7  Milk Break                                                                          

7  Personal Possessions, Lockers and Valuables

7  Conduct at Games- School Sportsmanship

8  Conduct at School Programs/Concerts

8  General Discipline Policies at J.A. Hughes

9  Discipline Definitions

10   Responsibilities and Rules

12 Unacceptable Behaviors and Consequences

12   Bullying

16   Chronic Repeat Behaviors and Offenders

18   School Bus Regulations

18   Consequences for School Bus/Bus Stop Misconduct

 

20  Destruction or Theft of School Property

20  Appropriate Dress

20  Labeling Clothing- Tennis Shoes

21  Students Winter Dress

21  Weather

21  Winter Playground Guidelines/Other Winter Guidelines

22  Emergency School Closing/Emergency Situation

23  Health Policies

23  Immunizations

23  Medication Policy

23  Lost and Found

24  Leaving School Grounds

24  Mandated Reporter Responsibilities

24  Notices and Communication with Parents

24  Reporting Pupil Progress

25  Promotion and Retention Policy

25  Preschool Screening

25  Telephone/Cell Phones

25 Minnesota Academic Standards

26 K-3 Read Well Legislation and

     Literature

26  Technology Use

26  Drug Free and Weapon Free Schools

27  Fire Alarm Tampering and Bomb Calls

27  Fire Drill and Natural Disaster (Tornado) Drills

17  Hazing Definition

28  Sexual Harassment Policy

29  Process to Address Concerns

29  Parent Rights

30  More Information on Board Policies

31  Student Computer Acceptable Use Policy (sample)

33 Index


 


Welcome to J.A. Hughes Elementary School 2016-2017 School Year

 

This handbook and its contents were approved by the School Board at its July 2016 meeting. This handbook may be changed or amended during the school year. Changes will be posted in the office of the principal and on the schools website.  If you have any questions about the provisions of this handbook, contact the principal. 

 

The information in this handbook has been carefully prepared to help all children-school readiness through sixth grade, succeed at J.A. Hughes Elementary School. This information is in compliance with District #630 Board of Education policies and its desire to promote a positive and safe learning environment. Please keep this handbook to use as a reference throughout the school year.  Complete district policies can be located in each building.

 

We welcome your cooperation, your suggestions, and your comments.  We hope you and your child will have a very satisfying and rewarding educational experience at J. A. Hughes Elementary School.

 

I.S.D. # 630 BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

Mike Swendra, Chairperson             Reed Engelstad, Clerk

 Andy Knott, Vice-Chair                    Amanda Cardinal, Director

 Wayne Hanson, Treasurer                Linda Schultz, Director

Brad Johnson, Director

 

2016-2017 ELEMENTARY STAFF

 

James Guetter                                 Superintendent

Chris Bjerklie                                  Principal

Julie Beyer Buse                             Administrative Assistant

 

Margaret Hamrum                           ECFE/School Readiness/Parent Ed

Wanda Nelson                                  School Readiness Teacher

Shirley Johnson                              Speech

Hannah Seeger                                Special Education

 

Nicole Gullingsrud                           Kindergarten

Taylor Gunufson                              Kindergarten

Jannelle Knott                                 Grade 1

Marshall Mickelson                          Grade 1

Laura Anderson                               Grade 2

Jessica Vettleson                              Grade 2

Carly Kleven                                     Grade 3

Jacob Rath                                       Grade 3

Chris Nelson                                    Grade 4

Anne Sullivan                                  Grade 5

Brian Remick                                   Grade 6

 

Eric Biermaier                                  Title 1

Pete Hagl                                          Physical Education

Lacie Hovland                                  Band/Kindergarten Music

Linda Johnston                               Art

Jennifer Wieland                              Music

Rene Sage                                        Family Service/School Social Worker

Tom Hovland                                    Technology Coordinator

 

Wendy Breiland                               Para-Professional

Bridget Cardinal                              Para-Professional

Deb Cota                                          Para-Professional

Nancy Haglund                                Para-Professional

Kathy LaPlante                                Para-Professional

Nysaa Renner                                   Para-Professional

 

                                             

 

Ben Swendra                                   Custodian

Jeff LaCoursiere                               Custodian

Cindy Bushelle                                Head Cook

Linda Wilson                                    Asst. Cook

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

August 29-September 2                Staff Development

August 31                                   J.A. Hughes Back to School Night (3:30-6:30)

September 6                                First Day of School

                    September 16                              J.A. Hughes School Pictures     

September 30                              Student ½ Day (PM Staff Development)

October 20-21                              No School (Education Minnesota Convention)

October 26                                  Parent/Teacher Conferences (12:30 – 7:30 p.m.)

November 4                                Student ½ Day (PM Staff Development)           

November 4                                End of 1st Quarter

November 7                                 No School

November 24-25                          No School Thanksgiving

December 23-January 2               No School (Winter Break)

January 20                                 End of 2nd Quarter

January 20                                 Student ½ Day (PM Staff Development)

February 17-20                           No School    

March 24                                    Student ½ Day, End of 3rd Quarter (PM Staff Dev)

April 14-17                                  No School

April 28                                       Student ½ Day (PM Staff Development)

May 25                                        ½ Student Day (PM Staff Development)

May 25                                        Student’s Last Day

 

Storm Make-up Days:  December 23, February 17th, February 20th and April 17th

                                  

 

Red Lake Falls Public Schools I.S.D. # 630 Phone Numbers

 

J. A. Hughes Office:                253-2161

J. A. Hughes Fax                    253-4479

Lafayette High School             253-2163

Lafayette High School Fax      253-4480

District Office                         253-2139

District Fax                             253-2135

 

OFFICE HOURS - TEACHER HOURS

 

The teachers and staff are here for you. J.A. Hughes Office hours are 7:00 AM to 3:45 PM. and teacher hours are 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM. on regularly scheduled school days. 

 

STUDENT DROP OFF and ADMISSION TO BUILDING

 

Students are requested to arrive at school no earlier than 7:30 a.m.  When dropping students off, please do not stop or park in the bus-loading zone between signs.  This area must be kept clear for buses.  Students and parents should use the main entrance only. Your cooperation is requested and appreciated.  Students are not allowed in classrooms, gym, library, and computer labs before or after school without staff supervision. 

 

ENTERING THE SCHOOL BUILDING

 

Please use the front doors when coming to the school. For security and safety reasons, all doors are locked during the school day.  Visitors will be buzzed in through an intercom system. Upon entering the building for any reason, please come to the office so we can greet you and give you a visitor pass.  Please do not remove your child from the building without checking in at the office.

 

Camera Surveillance

J.A. Hughes Elementary School is under video surveillance at all times. Due to Data Privacy, monitoring is restricted to administration and/or law enforcement.

 

 

PARKING

 

Parking and/or stopping is not allowed in the bus loading/unloading area in front of the school anytime during the day. This space is for bus drop off and pickup only.  Designated visitor parking located in the parking lot near the front entrance. Handicapped parking is available near the main entrance in the designated area.

 

WALKERS

 

Bus transportation is provided for all students on the west side of Red Lake Falls and those who live north of Highway #32.  If your child walks to and from school they should cross the highway at the junction of Hamilton and Highway #32.  For safety reasons, students walking or students being picked up by parents will remain on the sidewalk until all buses have left. Students walking to school are asked to arrive no earlier than 7:45 a.m.

 

BICYCLES

Students are allowed to ride their bicycles boards to school. The school cannot accept responsibility for damage to the bicycles/roller blades/skateboards. As a measure of safety, students are not allowed to ride bicycles on school grounds during the school day.  If a child breaks this rule, he/she could be denied the privilege of riding their bicycles to school.  Students will remain on the sidewalk until all buses have left.

 

BUS PASSES

 

Any child who is not taking their regular bus home after school or will not be getting off at their regular bus stop must have a written note, phone call or email requesting a bus pass.  Students will not be allowed to ride any bus except their own unless they have a bus pass signed by the office.  Please notify the office by 2:00 should your child need a bus pass. 

 

DISMISSAL

 

Children are instructed to go home immediately upon dismissal from school.  No child will be kept after school unless the parents have been notified. Children will not be released to waiting cars of anyone that cannot identify him/herself to the satisfaction of the school administration/staff. If you are picking up your child, he/she will be released after the busses have left the parking lot. 

 

VISITING SCHOOL and VISITOR PASSES

 

We cordially invite parents/visitors to visit our school.  School aged visitors to J.A. Hughes are not permitted unless prior approval is given by the principal. All visitors, including parents, must wear a visitor’s pass during school hours. Upon entering the school building, please sign in and obtain a visitor’s pass from the office. 

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

 

Minnesota State Statute §120A requires that children attend school.  For students under the age of 12, it is presumed that it is a parental responsibility to ensure the child’s attendance.  A student is required to attend school each and every day and each and every class period.  If they miss a school day or part of the day, for legitimate reasons, a parent or guardian must notify the school.  J.A. Hughes will follow the school attendance guidelines as presented by the Attendance Board Committee. 

 

If a student is absent without lawful excuse three or more full days, they are considered as continuing truant.  Truancy is a violation of Minnesota state law.  The law also mandates that parents compel their children to attend school.  There are potential criminal penalties if a parent fails to do so. Students are expected to be in school except in cases of emergency or for reasons as explained in the code below.

       

 

 

The code lists the following as the only legal excuses for absence to school. 

1.   Personal Illness/Medical or Dental Treatment – The school may require a certificate from a doctor if deemed advisable. 

2.   Illness in the family – All schoolwork should be kept current.

3.   Quarantine in the home – The absence arising from this condition is limited to the length of quarantine as fixed by the proper health official.

4.   Death of a relative - The absence arising from this condition is limited to three days, unless reasonable cause may be shown by parent or guardian for a longer absence.

5.   Observances of a religious holiday – Any student of any religion shall be excused if his absence was for the purpose of a religious holiday consistent with their creed or belief.

6.   Family emergency/work for student’s parent or any absence when with student’s parent.

7.   Vacation plans for families can be facilitated by calling the school one week prior to the date of vacation so teachers can prepare work for the student.

 

Any other reason must be excused by the school prior to the absence.  A student has two days to make up late work for an acceptable absence for each day missed.  Tests and quizzes will be scheduled with individual teachers.

 

PROCEDURE FOR REPORTING ABSENCES: 

 

1.   If a student is ill or an emergency arises, a parent or guardian will call the office and report this information on the day the student will be gone by 8:10 a.m.  No excused absences will be given until parent contact has been made.

2.   When a student who has been absent returns to school, he/she will present a note to the Principal’s Office from the parent indicating the reason for the absence.  All absences that have not been verified as excused within three (3) days will automatically become unexcused absences.

 

Any absence from school for a period, part of a day, or all day without the knowledge or consent of the parents, nor approval of the school, is considered an unexcused absence.

 

When a child has had one or two unexcused absences, the school will begin initial interventions.  This may include a contact with the parent, and in-school detention.

At three unexcused absences, the school is legally required to notify the parent or guardian that the child is a continuing truant. A letter is usually sent outlining potential legal consequences as well as recommended action for the parent. If the child has seven unexcused absences, they are then considered habitually truant.  The school is required to report that the student is in violation of the compulsory attendance laws.  A meeting may be scheduled with the county attorney, school administration and parents to develop an attendance contract agreed upon by parents/guardians, student and school. 

 

TARDINESS

Students are expected to be in their classroom by 8:10 and ready to start class at 8:15.  Students that are tardy should report to the office for an admission slip. Chronic or habitual latecomers will meet with the Principal to determine appropriate action.

 

       

Excused Tardiness

Parents are to call the office whenever a student is tardy.  Valid excuses are the same as for an excused absence.  If the parent is unable to call the school, the student should come to the office with a note of explanation signed by the parent.  Failure to call may result in an unexcused tardy.

 

        Unexcused Tardiness

Any tardiness to school or class that is not verified as excusable by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other school official within three days is considered unexcused. 

 

SCHOOL BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAM 

 

Breakfast and lunch are served each day school is in session. Breakfast is not served when school is late. Monthly menus are available.  Students bringing a lunch from home may purchase a carton of milk for 25¢.  Students are not allowed to charge meals.  Lunch accounts may be checked online through the school website.  Online reports could be one day off in reporting.  Meal prices are as follows: Student breakfast-$1.45. Student lunch- $2.45.  Adult breakfast- $2.45. Adult lunch-$3.65. Families are encouraged to complete an application for free or reduced priced meals. 

 

MILK BREAK

Students may purchase a carton of milk each day as a morning snack. This is separate and not part of the school lunch program.  Kindergarten students will receive their milk during Milk Break at no cost.A small, nutritious snack, such as a fruit, may be sent with your child.  Please do not send boxes of crackers or cookies.

 

LOCKERS AND PERSONAL POSSESSIONS WITHIN A LOCKER

Pursuant to Minnesota statutes, school lockers are the property of the school district.  Inspection of the interior of lockers may be conducted by school officials for any reason at any time, without notice, without student consent and without a search warrant.  The personal possessions of students within a school locker may be searched only when school officials have a reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover evidence of a violation of law or school rules.  As soon as practicable after the search of a student’s personal possessions, the school officials must provide notice of the search to students whose lockers were searched unless disclosure would impede an ongoing investigation by police or school officials. 

 

DESKS

School desks are the property of the school district.  At no time does the school district relinquish its exclusive control of desks provided for the convenience of students.  Inspection of the interior of desks may be conducted by school officials for any reason at any time, without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant.

 

 

PERSONAL POSSESSIONS AND STUDENT’S PERSON

The personal possessions of students and/or a student’s person may be searched when school officials have reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover a violation of law or school rules.  The search will be reasonable in its scope and intrusiveness.  It shall be a violation of this policy for students to use lockers and desks for unauthorized purposes or to store contraband.  It shall be a violation for students to carry contraband on their person or in their personal possessions.  If you have money or other valuables in school for some specific reason, we suggest you leave them in the office until they are needed.  The school will not be responsible for articles taken from students’ lockers/desks.

 

CONDUCT AT SCHOOL PROGRAMS/CONCERTS – CONCERT ETIQUETTE

 

1.   Students are expected to treat performers and directors with utmost respect and use concert etiquette procedures learned in class.  This includes but is not limited to:

2.   Students should remain quiet during a performance. 

3.   Cells phones should be turned off.

4.   Students should only applaud at appropriate times.

5.   Students should be sitting with a parent/guardian if you are not participating in the program/concert being presented.

6.   Students should show respect to performers, directors, faculty and staff members.

7.   Students are expected to follow all current school rules and regulations.

 

GENERAL DISCIPLINE POLICIES AT J. A. HUGHES

 

J. A. Hughes Elementary School will use the concept of assertive discipline.  One of the key factors of assertive discipline is the fact that everyone knows the rules and sanctions.

 

It is the position of the school district that a fair and equitable district-wide school discipline policy will contribute to the quality of a student’s educational experience.  It is the responsibility of the school board, administrators and teachers to safeguard the health and safety of each student and will support personnel who act in accordance with State statutes, State Board of Education regulations and this policy.

 

Your child’s classroom teacher may send home a list of rules that he/she expects the students to follow in the classroom.  Along with the list of rules, may be the sanctions that will be imposed if a student chooses to break the classroom rules.

 

Prohibited Items:  

gum/candy/pop           hats/headgear/hoods in class

matches/lighters          fireworks                        guns-including BB

squirt guns/toy guns    gun-caps-bullets            laser-light pointers

hand held video games sunflower seeds/nuts   

snowboards                  weapons

gang paraphernalia and/or colors & symbols

any other item(s) that could cause damage to school property or injury to self and others.

Possession of inappropriate cell phone text messages, pictures, videos, and recordings.

 

DISCIPLINE DEFINITIONS

 

Reasonable Force Standard

 

The Reasonable Force Standard allows a teacher, school employee, school bus driver, or other agent of the district to use reasonable force when it is necessary, under the circumstances, to restrain a student or prevent bodily harm or death to another.

 

Detention

 

Detention may be assigned by the principal/designee, teacher, or other support staff.  After school detention will take place as arranged with principal/teacher and parent.

 

In School Suspension (ISS)

 

ISS prohibits a student from attending regular classes and keeps the student in school under the supervision of the principal/designee for part or all of the day.

 

Out of School Suspension (OSS)

OSS prohibits a student from attending school for a period no longer than 10 days per event.  Make-up work must be done.  Parents will be notified, if at all possible, prior to the actual suspension. OSS may be deferred for a day in order to accomplish the parent contact.  Where this delay is not judged to be wise, a close relative or the sheriff will be notified prior to the out-of-school suspension occurring.                    

 

Expulsion

 

Expulsion prohibits a student from attending school for a period no longer than the school year.  Parents shall be notified, in writing, of violations of the rules of conduct and resulting disciplinary action by first class mail except as provided otherwise by The Pupil Fair Dismissal Act of 1974.

 

Dismissal

 

A pupil may be dismissed on any of the following grounds:

1.   willful violation of any reasonable school board regulation

2.   willful conduct that significantly disrupts the rights of others to an education

3.   willful conduct that endangers the pupil or other pupils or surrounding persons, or the property of the school

 

Parents, teachers, and the Principal have a common interest in remedying the student’s behavior problems.  Contact may be made with the school social worker, school psychologist, or personnel deemed appropriate or as required by an Individual Education plan (IEP).

 

While the consequences stated herein are specific for stated violations of school policy, it must be stressed that overall satisfactory behavior of students is of utmost importance.  Therefore, offenses will be on an individual and cumulative basis.  Thus, a student’s inappropriate behavior may result in different offenses being combined for subsequent occurrences.

J.A. HUGHES RESPONSIBILITIES AND RULES

 

Goals

       

The goal of the J. A. Hughes Elementary discipline plan is to create a safe and respectful learning environment that provides equitable and consistent treatment of all students.  It stresses both prevention and positive reinforcement while helping children function properly in the school setting.

 

The ultimate goal of good discipline can only be achieved when there is a productive partnership between home and the school.  Parents play a very vital role in this plan.    J. A. Hughes Elementary School administration and staff ask that parents read the philosophy, rules, and consequences to attending children.

 

It is the goal of all involved to understand the rules and work together for promoting and maintaining and positive school climate. Students are expected to treat each other with dignity, tolerance, and respect.

 

School Responsibilities

 

This policy is designed to protect the rights of the individual student and ensure that all students have the right to receive a safe and quality education. J. A. Hughes staff members are to treat all persons with dignity, fairness, and respect.

 

The following rights shall be recognized:

The right to a free and appropriate education.

The right to due process of law.

The right to freedom of inquiry and reasonable expression.

The right to privacy as defined in common practice and law.

The right to be informed of school rules.

The right to a school environment free of bullying, sexual harassment and violence.

The right to a school environment free of discrimination based on race or gender.

Handicapped students’ rights are to be defined by virtue of an IEP in accordance to provisions on MN Rule 3525.2470.

 

Student Responsibilities

 

Students at J. A. Hughes Elementary School are expected to treat all persons with dignity, fairness, and respect.

 

Participation:

 

Participate fully in the serious business of learning.

Report to school and to all scheduled classes on time.

Pay close attention to instructions given by all teachers and staff members.

Complete assignments on time and to the best of his/her potential.

Request help when needed.

Do your own work.

 

Behaviors

 

Avoid any behavior that affects one’s learning or the learning of others in a negative manner.

Cooperate in maintaining reasonable care of books and other instructional materials.

Refrain from acts of putting students down, bullying, hazing, threatening, and fighting with other students or engaging in deliberate attempts to embarrass or harm other students.

Refrain from acts of physical contact by keeping hands, feet, and objects to oneself and refrain from deliberate attempts to embarrass or harm other students.

Recognize the rights and human dignity of fellow students.

Do not cheat  Do not take credit for others words or works.

 

RESPECT FOR STAFF MEMBER

 

Show respect for the knowledge and authority of staff members.

Follow directions the first time they are given.

Use acceptable and courteous language to comply with all reasonable requests.

 

BATHROOM RULES

 

No yelling or lingering in the bathroom.

No physical/verbal abuse or intimidation/bullying acts on other students.

No climbing or hanging on structures within the bathroom or other acts of vandalism.

Use the facilities as they are intended to be used.

 

PLAYGROUND RULES

 

Listen to and follow directions of all supervisors.

Use playground equipment as it is intended to be used.

Exhibit good sportsmanship.

No physical/verbal abuse or intimidation/bullying acts with other students.

Playground activities shall not consist of wrestling, play-fighting, excessive chase, taking personal belongings from one another, etc.

 

LUNCHROOM RULES

 

Listen and follow directions of all supervisors.

Keep an appropriate lunchroom tone of voice.

No cutting or inappropriate behavior in the serving line or at lunch tables.

Stay seated while eating. Walk at all times.

Never throw food or other objects and clean eating area when finished.

No profanity, obscene language, fighting, horseplay, or any other type of behavior that would hurt or endanger you or other students.

 

HALLWAY RULES

 

Listen and follow directions of all staff.

Walk at all times on the right-hand side of the hall.

Speak in soft, quiet voices.

Keep hands off walls, windows, bulletin boards, decorations and other students.

 

ASSEMBLY RULES

 

Listen to and follow directions of all staff members.

Watch and listen politely to performances and speakers.

Respond and applaud appropriately.

Enter and leave assembly in an orderly manner following any supervisor’s directions.

UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIORS AND CONSEQUENCES

 

Listed below are some unacceptable behaviors, which will not be tolerated at J. A. Hughes Elementary School from any student at any time.

 

disrupting learning                 defying authority                     cheating

late assignments                     frequent tardiness                    vandalism

dishonesty                                       inappropriate clothing             swearing

verbal or physical abuse         bullying - verbal & physical     skipping class

harassment                            hazing                                     stealing

failure to identify oneself upon request                        

violation of any rule of conduct specified in this handbook   

 

Consequences for these unacceptable behaviors may include, but are not limited to, any of the following:

 

principal/student and/or parent conference                          in school or out of school detention

loss of school privileges                                                           restitution

parent notification                                                                  referral to police

lunch/recess period restrictions                                             out of school suspension

expulsion from school for all or part of the year                     truancy petition

appropriate restorative solutions                                            missed class parties/trips removal from participation or attendance at extracurricular events

 

BULLYING

 

I.       PURPOSE

 

A safe and civil environment is needed for students to learn and attain high academic standards and to promote healthy human relationships.  Bullying, like other violent or disruptive behavior, is conduct that interferes with students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to educate students in a safe environment.  The school district cannot monitor the activities of students at all times and eliminate all incidents of bullying between students, particularly when students are not under the direct supervision of school personnel.  However, to the extent such conduct affects the educational environment of the school district and the rights and welfare of its students and is within the control of the school district in its normal operations, it is the school district’s intent to prevent bullying and to take action to investigate, respond, remediate, and discipline those acts of bullying which have not been successfully prevented.  The purpose of this policy is to assist the school district in its goal of preventing and responding to acts of bullying, intimidation, violence, and other similar disruptive behavior.

 

 

II.      GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

 

A.      An act of bullying, by either an individual student or a group of students, is expressly prohibited on school district property or at school-related functions.  This policy applies not only to students who directly engage in an act of bullying but also to students who, by their indirect behavior, condone or support another student’s act of bullying.  This policy also applies to any student whose conduct at any time or in any place constitutes bullying that interferes with or obstructs the mission or operations of the school district or the safety or welfare of the student, other students, or employees.  The misuse of technology including, but not limited to, teasing, intimidating, defaming, threatening, or terrorizing another student, teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor, or other employee of the school district by sending or posting e-mail messages, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures or images, or website postings, including blogs, also may constitute an act of bullying regardless of whether such acts are committed on or off school district property and/or with or without the use of school district resources.

 

B.      No teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor, or other employee of the school district shall permit, condone, or tolerate bullying.

 

C.      Apparent permission or consent by a student being bullied does not lessen the prohibitions contained in this policy.

 

D.      Retaliation against a victim, good faith reporter, or a witness of bullying is prohibited.

 

E.      False accusations or reports of bullying against another student are prohibited.

 

F.       A person who engages in an act of bullying, reprisal, or false reporting of bullying or permits, condones, or tolerates bullying shall be subject to discipline for that act in accordance with school district’s policies and procedures.  The school district may take into account the following factors:

 

1.       The developmental and maturity levels of the parties involved;

 

2.       The levels of harm, surrounding circumstances, and nature of the behavior;

 

3.       Past incidences or past or continuing patterns of behavior;

 

4.       The relationship between the parties involved; and

 

5.       The context in which the alleged incidents occurred.

 

Consequences for students who commit prohibited acts of bullying may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension and/or expulsion.  Consequences for employees who permit, condone, or tolerate bullying or engage in an act of reprisal or intentional false reporting of bullying may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination or discharge.  Consequences for other individuals engaging in prohibited acts of bullying may include, but not be limited to, exclusion from school district property and events and/or termination of services and/or contracts.

 

G.      The school district will act to investigate all complaints of bullying and will discipline or take appropriate action against any student, teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor, or other employee of the school district who is found to have violated this policy.

 

III.     DEFINITIONS

 

For purposes of this policy, the definitions included in this section apply.

 

A.      “Bullying” means any written or verbal expression, physical act or gesture, or pattern thereof, by a student that is intended to cause or is perceived as causing distress to a student or a group of students and which substantially interferes with another student’s or students’ educational benefits, opportunities, or performance.  Bullying includes, but is not limited to, conduct by a student against another student or a group of students that a reasonable person under the circumstances knows or should know has the effect of:

 

1.       harming a student or a group of students;

 

2.       damaging a student’s or a group of students’ property;

 

3.       placing a student or a group of students in reasonable fear of harm to person or property;

 

4.       creating a hostile educational environment for a student or a group of students; or

 

5.       intimidating a student or a group of students.

 

B.      “Immediately” means as soon as possible but in no event longer than 24 hours.

 

C.      “On school district property or at school-related functions” means all school district buildings, school grounds, and school property or property immediately adjacent to school grounds, school bus stops, school buses, school vehicles, school contracted vehicles, or any other vehicles approved for school district purposes, the area of entrance or departure from school grounds, premises, or events, and all school-related functions, school-sponsored activities, events, or trips.  School district property also may mean a student’s walking route to or from school for purposes of attending school or school-related functions, activities, or events.  While prohibiting bullying at these locations and events, the school district does not represent that it will provide supervision or assume liability at these locations and events.

 

 

 

IV.     REPORTING PROCEDURE

 

A.      Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of bullying or any person with knowledge or belief of conduct that may constitute bullying shall report the alleged acts immediately to an appropriate school district official designated by this policy.  A person may report bullying anonymously.  However, the school district’s ability to take action against an alleged perpetrator based solely on an anonymous report may be limited.

 

B.      The school district encourages the reporting party or complainant to use the report form available from the principal of each building or available from the school district office, but oral reports shall be considered complaints as well.

 

C.      The building principal, the principal’s designee, or the building supervisor (hereinafter building report taker) is the person responsible for receiving reports of bullying at the building level.  Any person may report bullying directly to a school district human rights officer or the superintendent.  If the complaint involves the building report taker, the complaint shall be made or filed directly with the superintendent or the school district human rights officer by the reporting party or complainant.

 

D.      A teacher, school administrator, volunteer, contractor, or other school employee shall be particularly alert to possible situations, circumstances, or events that might include bullying.  Any such person who receives a report of, observes, or has other knowledge or belief of conduct that may constitute bullying shall inform the building report taker immediately.  School district personnel who fail to inform the building report taker of conduct that may constitute bullying in a timely manner may be subject to disciplinary action.

 

E.      Reports of bullying are classified as private educational and/or personnel data and/or confidential investigative data and will not be disclosed except as permitted by law.

 

F.       Submission of a good faith complaint or report of bullying will not affect the complainant’s or reporter’s future employment, grades, or work assignments, or educational or work environment.

 

G.      The school district will respect the privacy of the complainant(s), the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed, and the witnesses as much as possible, consistent with the school district’s obligation to investigate, take appropriate action, and comply with any legal disclosure obligations.

 

For more information, refer to District Policy #514 in the Principal's office/district office.

 

          The school district is not authorized to disclose to a victim private educational or personnel data regarding an alleged perpetrator who is a student or employee of the school district.  School officials will notify the parent(s) or guardian(s) of students involved in a bullying incident and the remedial action taken, to the extent permitted by law, based on a confirmed report.

 

DEFINITIONS

 

For purposes of this policy, the definitions included in this section apply.

 

A.      “Bullying” means any written or verbal expression, physical act or gesture, or pattern thereof, by a student that is intended to cause or is perceived as causing distress to a student or a group of students and which substantially interferes with another student’s or students’ educational benefits, opportunities, or performance.  Bullying includes, but is not limited to, conduct by a student against another student or a group of students that a reasonable person under the circumstances knows or should know has the effect of:

1.   harming a student or a group of students;

2.   damaging a student’s or a group of students’ property;

3.   placing a student or a group of students in reasonable fear of harm to person or property

4.   creating a hostile educational environment for a student or a group of students;

 

          B.      “Immediately” means as soon as possible but in no event longer than 24 hours.

 

          C.      “On school district property or at school-related functions” means all school district buildings, school grounds, and school property or property immediately adjacent to school grounds, school bus stops, school buses, school vehicles, school contracted vehicles, or any other vehicles approved for school district purposes, the area of entrance or departure from school grounds, premises, or events, and all school-related functions, school-sponsored activities, events, or trips.  School district property also may mean a student’s walking route to or from school for purposes of attending school or school-related functions, activities, or events.  While prohibiting bullying at these locations and events, the school district does not represent that it will provide supervision or assume liability at these locations and events.

 

SCHOOL DISTRICT ACTION

 

Upon receipt of a complaint or report of bullying, the school district shall undertake or authorize an investigation by school district officials or a third party designated by the school district. The school district may take immediate steps, at its discretion, to protect the complainant, reporter, students, or others pending completion of an investigation of bullying, consistent with applicable law.

 

For more information, refer to District Policy #514 in the Principal’s Office/District Office.

 

CHRONIC REPEAT BEHAVIORS AND OFFENDERS

 

Students, who continue to demonstrate inappropriate behaviors, and have had opportunities to change behavior, will have further consequences. Students could be asked to attend sessions after school, of a skills class to help reinforce positive behavior.  If a student does not comply with any of the interventions, a meeting will be set with parents for the possible referral to the following types of services: mental health screening, children’s mental health, child protection, educational neglect, transition program, or truancy.

 

If a student has been suspended, either ISS or OSS for a total of ten (10) school days during a semester, further short term suspensions will be followed by a review of the student’s records by the principal.  A report will be made and a copy sent to the superintendent stating the findings as to the facts of the latest incident and recommendations, if any, about dealing with the student in the future.

 

HAZING POLICY/DEFINITION

       

Engaging in any behavior, which constitutes “hazing”, is a violation of this discipline policy and may subject the student to discipline including suspension and expulsion.  “Hazing” is defined as doing something or making another student do something that creates a risk of harm to a student in order for the student to be initiated into or affiliated with a student organization. “Hazing” is a violation of school policy regardless of time and place it occurs.  Regardless of any provision in this policy to the contrary, a student may be subject to suspension of up to 10 days or expulsion for violation of any provision of this policy.

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY

 

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which violates Section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. ss 2000e, et seq., and Minnesota Statutes 363.01-.14, the Minnesota Human Rights Act.  It is the policy of District #630 to maintain a learning and working environment that is free of sexual harassment.  The school district prohibits any form of sexual harassment.

 

Sexual harassment may include but is not limited to:

 

1.   Verbal harassment or abuse

2.   Subtle pressure sexual activity

3.   Inappropriate patting or pinching or physical contact with another person

4.   Intentional brushing against another person’s body (re-occurring)

5.   Demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied overt promises of preferential treatment with regard to an individual’s educational status

6.   Any sexually motivated unwelcome touching; (catching a person alone for a quick kiss or forced touching)

7.   Repeated looks or comments regarding one’s body

8.   Verbal sexual suggestions; jokes

9.   Innuendoes

10.  Constant leering

Sexual harassment is not flirtation.  Flirtation feels good, sexual harassment feels bad.  Any sexual harassment as defined when perpetrated on any person in the district will be treated as sexual harassment under this policy.  The feelings of the recipient must be considered.

 

REPORTING PROCEDURES FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT

 

Any employee or student who feels that he/she is being subjected to offensive remarks or conduct by another person associated with School District #630 should inform the person involved of the specific behavior found objectionable and request that it be stopped immediately.  The statement of objection may be delivered through a third party.  If the matter cannot be settled between the two parties, the principal/designee should be notified.

 

Any third person with knowledge or belief of conduct, which may constitute sexual harassment, should report the alleged acts immediately to the principal/designee.

 

The principal/designee receiving the complaint shall review the written report with the Superintendent within 24 hours of receiving the report or the next normal business day. The School District recognizes that not every advance or comment of a sexual nature constitutes harassment.  Complains filed with malicious intent will subject the complainant to disciplinary actions deemed appropriate by the School District and may be subject to possible civil action by the accused.  A complaint unsubstantiated by the district investigation does not mean the complaint filed was filed with malicious intent.  False accusations of sexual harassment can have serious detrimental affects on innocent parties.

 

PROCESS TO ADDRESS CONCERNS

 

From time to time students and parents may have a concern or issue they want to address.  The following is the recommended process for addressing concerns:

 

        Step 1: Make contact with the person employed by the district that is most involved with your concern. (i.e. if the concern is about a class or action taken by a teacher, arrange to meet with that teacher and seek information and a solution)

 

        Step 2: If you do not feel the issue is resolved, arrange to meet with the building Principal.  If the building Principal was the person most involved in step one, step two could be to contact the Superintendent.

 

At this point, the concern will be put in writing and the administration will look into available facts and will respond back to the complainant as soon as possible.

       

        Step 3: If you have gone through steps one and two and the issue is still a concern, you may request of the Superintendent that the issue be taken before a committee of two school board members and the Superintendent.  They will review available date and respond to the parent.

 

        Step 4: If after doing the above steps, the complainant is still not satisfied, you should request of the Superintendent a place on the regular school board meeting agenda.

 

Note: Often resolving a problem is knowing what happened and what decision was made and why.  It does not necessarily mean changing a decision.

SCHOOL BUS REGULATIONS

 

BUS PASSES

 

Any child who is not taking their regular bus home after school or will not be getting off at their regular bus stop must have a written note or a parent contact by phone requesting a bus pass.  Students will not be allowed to ride any bus except their own unless they have a bus pass signed by the office.  Bus passes will not be issued on a student’s statement.  We must have contact from the parents. Please notify the office by 2:00.  Please keep transportation information current.

 

During normal day-to-day operations, our school buses are often loaded at or very near to capacity.  There are times when children attending a party, as guests of a bussed student, will overload a bus.  If this situation arises, the parents of children who do not normally ride that bus will be asked to provide transportation.  Parents affected by this regulation will be notified as early as possible in the day

 

Conduct and Consequences for Misbehavior

          

Riding the school bus is a privilege, not a right.  Students are expected to follow the same behavioral standards while riding school busses as are expected on school property or at school activities, functions or events.  All school rules are in effect while a student is riding the bus or at the bus stop.  Consequences for school bus/bus stop misconduct will be imposed by the building principal or designee.  In addition, all school/bus stop misconduct will be reported to the Building Principal or designee. Serious misconduct will be reported to the Department of Public Safety and may be reported to local law enforcement.

 

School Bus and Bus Stop Rules

 

The School District school bus safety rules are to be posted on every bus.  If these rules are broken, the School district’s discipline procedures are to be followed.  Consequences are progressive and may include suspension of bus privileges.  It is the school bus driver’s responsibility to report unacceptable behavior to the School Office.

 

Rules at the Bus Stop

 

1.   Get to your bus stop 5 minutes before your scheduled pick up time. 

2.   Respect the property of others while waiting at your bus stop.

3.   No bullying, fighting, harassment, intimidation, or horseplay.

4.   Keep your hands, arms, legs, and belongings to yourself.

5.   Use appropriate language.

6.   Stay away from the street, road, or highway when waiting for the bus.  Wait until the bus stops before approaching the bus.

7.   After getting off the bus, move away from the bus.

8.   If you must cross the street, always cross in front of the bus where the driver can see you.  Wait for the driver to signal to you before crossing the street.

9.   No use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.

 

Rules on the Bus

 

1. Immediately follow directions of the driver

2. Sit in your seat facing forward.  Remain seated while the bus is in motion.

3. Talk quietly and use appropriate language.

4. Keep all parts of your body and all objects inside the bus.

5. Keep your arms, legs, and belongings to yourself.

6. No bullying, fighting, harassment, intimidation, or horseplay.

7. Do not throw any objects.

8. No use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.

9. Do not bring any weapon or dangerous objects on the school bus.

10.  Do not damage the school bus

 

Consequences for School Bus/Bus Stop Misconduct

 

Consequences for school bus/bus stop misconduct will apply to all regular and late routes.  Decisions regarding a student’s ability to ride the bus in connection with co-curricular and extra-curricular events will be in the sole discretion of the school district.  Parents or guardians will be notified of any suspension of bus privileges. Consequences are progressive and may include warnings, assigned seat, bus suspensions, repayment of any damages done to the bus, etc. and will follow current school district policy. Based on the severity of a student’s misconduct, more serious consequences may be imposed at any time at the discretion of the Principal and Director of Transportation. Depending on the nature of the offense, consequences such as suspension or expulsion from school may also result from school bus/bus stop misconduct.

 

School district policy for elementary (K-6) students:

1.   1st offense-       written warning

2.   2nd offense-      3 school days suspension from riding the bus

3.   3rd offense-       5 school days suspension from riding the bus

4.   4th offense-       10 school days suspension from riding the bus/meeting with parents

 

Records of school bus/bus stop misconduct will be forwarded to the individual school building and will be retained in the same manner as other student discipline records.  Reports of serious misconduct will be provided to the Department of Public Safety.  The transportation office may also maintain records.

 

DESTRUCTION OR THEFT OF SCHOOL PROPERTY

 

Students in all grades are furnished with free textbooks. Although textbooks are furnished, there is a great responsibility on the part of the student to care for their books. If a child deliberately damages or loses a book, he/she will replace the book or be assessed a fee depending on the severity of the damage and the original condition of the book.

 

This policy is in effect in regard to any other student property, school equipment, furniture or supplies that are deliberately damaged.  A fee will be assessed to restore the item to service or to replace it, whatever the case may be.

 

APPROPRIATE DRESS

 

There is a direct relationship between the manner in which people dress and the way they act. Students are encouraged to be dressed appropriately for school, school activities and in keeping with community standards. Appropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1.   Clothing appropriate for the weather.

2.   Clothing that does not create a health or safety hazard.

3.   Clothing appropriate for the activity (i.e., physical education or the classroom).

 

Inappropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1.   Clothing that is not in keeping with community standards. (i.e., tops may not show any cleavage, halter-tops, bikini tops, spaghetti straps and undergarments should not be visible).

2.   Clothing bearing a message that is offensive, lewd, vulgar, or obscene.

3.   Apparel promoting products or activities that is illegal for use by minors. 

4.   Objectionable emblems, badges, symbols, signs, words, objects, or pictures on clothing or jewelry communicating a message that is racist, sexist, or otherwise derogatory to a protected minority group, evidences gang membership or affiliation, or approves, advances, or provokes any form of religious, racial, or sexual harassment and/or violence against other individuals as defined in school district policy.

5.   Any apparel or footwear that would damage school property. (NO flip flops or high heels will be allowed on the playground or gym classes for safety reasons.)

6.   Hats, hoods and pajamas are not to be worn in the building except with the approval of the building principal (i.e., student undergoing chemotherapy, medical situations).

 

Questions regarding student dress will be referred to the principal. If the administration believes a student’s appearance, grooming, or mode of dress interferes with or disrupts the educational process, school activities, poses a threat to the health or safety of the student or others, parents will be notified and the student will be directed to make modifications or will be sent home for the day.

 

LABELING CLOTHING

 

To alleviate the problem of lost clothing and personal belongings, please label all items with your child’s name. Boots, caps, gloves, mittens, and personal belongings are often exchanged or mislaid.  Children often have articles of clothing which are identical and when misplaced it is very difficult to sort out.  Please mark them clearly with some type of identification (example – write the student’s name on the tag). Please feel free to check the lost and found box for lost items.

 

TENNIS SHOES

 

For your child’s health and safety, students are asked to have tennis shoes for gym periods.  Students will not be allowed to participate in PE when the activity warrants having tennis shoes and the child does not have them. Many children wear snow-boots to and from school, however, each child is expected to wear shoes while moving from area to area within the building.

 

 

 

 

STUDENTS WINTER DRESS

 

Students will go outside every day that weather permits.  Many students come to school without being properly dressed for Minnesota weather.  Parents, please make sure your son/daughter is dressed for the weather.  Each student needs a warm jacket, snow pants, boots, mittens/gloves, hats, etc.).  Please send an extra set of clothes for emergencies.  Please label clothing.

 

WEATHER

 

If the combined temperature (air temperature + wind chill) is above 0 (zero) degrees Fahrenheit or warmer, students may be allowed to go out (this is not rigid, but a rough guideline depending on weather conditions and other circumstances).

 

 

WINTER PLAYGROUND GUIDELINES

 

Sledding Guidelines:

Students must sled in the areas marked by cones.

Students may only start out sledding from the top hill (to avoid students being blindsided).

Students may sled in groups as long as they are not crashing into each other or creating hazards for other sliders.

Sleds are limited to two people.

No standing in sleds.

Small jumps may be allowed unless deemed unsafe by the supervisor.

When students go up the hill, they must walk around the marker cones.

If a student is crashing into other sleds or students intentionally, placing their sled in someone else's way, or causing other excessive mischief/hazards, they may be removed from the activity/playground as determined by severity by any playground supervisor.

The above guidelines are subject to change, for the safety of students, based on weather conditions or other circumstances as deemed necessary by the playground supervisors.

 

OTHER WINTER GUIDELINES

 

No snowballs or throwing of ice chunks!

Snow-creature construction may take place as long as they are out of the way of the sledding areas.

Students are limited to the hill area and playground system area (they should not be on the other side of the school by the swings without permission of a playground supervisor.

 

 

 

 

 

EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING

 

Emergency school announcements will come to you through the District Instant Alert System.  It is very important for you to keep personal contact information up to date through Instant Alert.  Contact the school if you need assistance. Emergency school closings, due to severe weather or for any other reason, will also be announced over KTRF (1230 AM) Thief River Falls or KROX (1260 AM) Crookston.  These radio stations list the school closings several times during the early morning radio programs or as necessary during the school day.

 

Parents are urged to be alert to the possibility of early closings or late starts during severe winter weather/storms. Be sure school emergency forms and Instant Alert information are up to date.

 

SCHOOL READINESS

 

For children attending the full day program, follow the late start or early dismissal times of the school.  For children attending the half day program, if school is called to start late, class is cancelled for the day.  In the event school is in session and you feel the weather conditions warrant your child to be home, you have the right to keep them at home or to pick them up at school, if you so desire. Should the weather be so severe that the buses cannot get your children home, they will be taken to their storm homes in town.

EMERGENCY SITUATION

 

Should an emergency situation occur while school is in session, Red Lake Fall Schools response plan will be as follows:

1.   No students will be dismissed from school unless a parent/guardian (or individual previously designated by a parent) comes for the student.

2.   No students will be allowed to leave with another person (even a relative, close neighbor or babysitter) unless that person is designated on the student’s emergency form.

If any emergency situation should exist, we ask that you observe the following guidelines:

1.   Please do not call the school.

2.   The phone lines must be kept open for emergency calls.  Information will be put on the radio and Instant Alert as soon as possible providing more information and direction for where to pick up your student and any other students for whom you are the emergency form designee (KTRF 1230 AM or KROX 1260 AM).

3.   Park your vehicle in the visitor parking lot, the loop in front of the school must be kept clear for emergency vehicles and busses.

4.   If students have been relocated to another site for public safety reasons, announcements will be made through the district Instant Alert System or on KTRF 1230 AM or KROX 1260 AM radio stations.  In most cases, students at Hughes Elementary will be relocated to Hillcrest Nursing Home or the high school.

 

 

 

 

 

HEALTH POLICIES

 

Families and the school want to keep children healthy, but occasionally children do become ill. Children need to be able to be a part of all daily activities including time outdoors.  If your child has shown any of the following symptoms, DO NOT send them to school:

 

·         Vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours

·         Temperature above normal. Students should be fever free for 24 hours without the aid of medication before returning to school.

·         Respiratory distress

·         Bacterial infection such as strep, impetigo, and has not been on prescription medication for at least 24 hours.

·         Contagious conjunctivitis (pink eye) or pus draining from the eye.  Student must be on medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school.

·         Head lice-until 24 hours after treatment and hair is free of nits.

·         Ringworm, scabies or an undiagnosed rash.

·         Any illness or condition contagious to others until treatment is complete.

·         Students will be are sent home if their temperature reaches 100°

 

IMMUNIZATIONS

 

Minnesota Statutes Section 121A.15 requires children enrolled in a Minnesota school to be immunized against certain diseases.  All students must have an accurate up to date immunization record on file before entering school. You will have 30 days after your child’s first day of attendance to have complete records on file.  Your child will not be allowed to come to school without this information on file.

 

MEDICATION POLICY

 

Students requiring medication at school shall be identified and medication brought to the office by parents.  A written statement requesting and authorizing school personnel to give said medication in the dosage prescribed by the physician/parent shall be required from the parents. The medicine shall be in the original container.  Medication distribution forms are available in the office. For your child’s safety as well as others, please do not send medications with your student. Students are not allowed to transport their medication home from school. 

 

We cannot supply any medication. Included in this statement is Tylenol, Hydrogen Peroxide, first aid ointment, etc.  We will provide basic first aid: band-aids, ice packs, wound dressings, splints, etc. as needed.

 

LOST AND FOUND

 

Articles found by students and staff are brought to the office and placed in the lost and found basket (with the exception of money and jewelry).  Whenever your child misplaces something, encourage them to check the lost and found basket.  Items are set out at various times during the school year.  At the end of the school year, any unclaimed articles are given away or destroyed.

 

LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS

 

No child, after arriving at school, is allowed to leave the school grounds unless the parent sends a note requesting that their child be allowed to leave.  The parents assume responsibility for the child when they leave the school grounds. Law enforcement may be notified if a child leaves school grounds without permission or notification.

 

Although the Outdoor Learning Center is part of the school grounds, students must be accompanied by a classroom teacher.

 

Children will not be released to waiting cars or anyone that cannot identify him/herself to the satisfaction of the school administration/staff. For your child’s safety, students that are not riding the bus must wait on the front patio until the busses have left.

 

 

MANDATED REPORTER RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Everyone hired by District #630 schools is a mandated reporter regarding suspected child abuse and/or neglect.  Proper procedures will be followed as required by law to protect the safety of all children.

 

NOTICES AND COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS

 

Occasionally we send notices home, but we know that these notices don’t always reach you.  Please help us by impressing upon your child the importance of you receiving every message we send out. 

 

Check your child’s back pack daily for the following types of information:

1.   Do and Return Sheets

2.   A weekly newsletter sent home with your son/daughter at the end of each week.

3.   Classroom newsletters which may include information on classroom activities, projects, upcoming events or items needed as donations for the classroom

4.   Brochures or flyers of special events

5.   Notices will be posted on the school website. Teachers can be reached via email through the school website and teacher web pages.   www.redlakefalls.k12.mn.us

 

 

REPORTING PUPIL PROGRESS

 

Four report cards are issued during the school year.  Some teachers may send progress reports during the quarter.

 

Parent-teacher conferences have been scheduled for two different times this year.  Refer to the school calendar for dates and times.  You will be invited to have a conference with your child’s teacher during this time.  The conferences are an integral part of our school’s program.

 

The purpose of parent teacher conferences is to discuss your child’s strengths, needs, progress, and to gain insight into the most effective approach to use with your child.  If you wish, you may initiate a parent teacher conference with your child’s teacher at any point during the school year by contacting the main office. You may also request to have progress reports emailed.

 

PROMOTION AND RETENTION POLICY

 

Promotion:  A student that achieves at levels deemed acceptable by local and state required standards shall be promoted to the next grade level at the completion of each school year. 

 

Each child shall be evaluated individually, and should areas of concern or problems arise, the teacher and other school personnel involved with the growth of this child shall conference with the parents and make all attempts to solve the situation. If all efforts of the educational teacher, team and parents fail to help raise the ability of the child to cope either academically or socially, every attempt shall be made to have a consolidated agreement between the parents and school that the child should be held back if it is felt to be in the best educational interest of the child.

 

Retention:  Retention of a student may be considered when professional staff and/or parents believe that it is in the best interest of the student.  Physical development, maturity, and emotional factors shall be considered as well as scholastic achievement in meeting state required standards.  The retention of a student must involve teacher, parent, a child study team, and the principal.  Before a final decision is made, a conference with the parent(s) or guardian(s) is required. 

 

PRESCHOOL SCREENING

 

Early Childhood Screening is required by the state of Minnesota before entering Kindergarten in a Public School.  Screening is done twice a year at Hughes starting at age 3.  Please inquire about screening dates if your child has not been screened.  The screening is a careful check for vision, hearing, development, growth, and an immunization review.  The screening may detect common health problems before they can become serious.  It is not a substitute for a medical exam by your family doctor or dentist.  There is no fee or charge for the screening.

 

TELEPHONE/CELL PHONES

 

School phones are for business purposes, not for use by students unless an emergency arises.  Students will not be allowed to use the telephone to make arrangements to stay for after school events or go home with a friend, etc.  These arrangements should be made before coming to school.

 

Students will be allowed to make limited calls home, at office/teacher discretion. It is important that the student assume the responsibility of being prepared for the school day.

 

Cell Phones are not to be used by students during the school day. Cell phones must be kept in student lockers or backpacks.  If you need to reach your child, please use the school number and phone. 

 

MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS

 

Rigorous state academic standards have been passed by the legislature and meet the requirements of Federal No Child Left Behind laws.  A standard is a summary description of what students should know or be able to do within a particular discipline/subject.  Copies of the standards are available in the office or visit the Minnesota Department of Education Website at http://education.state.mn.us. The new standards are very specific and cover the content areas in Language Arts, math, the arts, science and social studies.

 

The standards are broken down into strands and sub strands.  The K-2 standards are to be mastered by the end of second grade.  Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments in math, reading and science are given to 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. Parents, you have a vital role and responsibly in helping your children meet these required standards.  Our school is graded on Student Achievement.

 

K-3 READ WELL LEGISLATION & LITERACY PLAN

 

The JA Hughes K-3 Literacy Plan meets the requirements of MN Statute 120B.12, which says that every child must be reading at or above grade level no later than the end of grade 3. J.A. Hughes Literacy plan was approved by the School Board in April of 2012 at its regularly scheduled school board meeting. Parents are an important component of the plan. Please see the school website for the complete district K-3 Literacy Plan.

 

TECHNOLOGY USE

 

More and more technology integration is being used in regular classroom instruction, assignments and testing.  Students and parents are asked to sign an acceptable use policy before a student is allowed to use and access Internet services.  Please see a sample policy at the end of this handbook.

 

Headphones are provided for your child to use in the lab.  If your student breaks his/her headphones, you will be asked to furnish a replacement headphone or send appropriate funds to replace them. Students have a responsibility in proper care of computers and specialized equipment.  Any student that destroys or uses equipment other than its intended purpose will be denied the privilege of using said equipment and could be asked to replace damaged equipment.

 

DRUG FREE AND WEAPON FREE SCHOOLS

 

Minnesota Law is tough on anyone selling or possessing illegal drugs in school or within one city block of a school.  People convicted may spend up to 30 years in prison.  This law is also tough on people caught possessing or using a dangerous weapon in or within one block of a school.  People convicted may spend up to five years in prison.  Juveniles convicted of these crimes and who are 14 years of age or older will be treated as an adult in court.

 

FIRE ALARM, FIRE EQUIPMENT, EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT, CAMERA TAMPERING & BOMB THREATS

 

Listed are the penalties that will be administrated to any student who shall be guilty of any threat to endanger the well being of students, teachers, or employees of the Red Lake Falls School System.  These penalties shall apply to any or all accomplices of said threat:

 

The student(s) shall be suspended from school and/or expulsion recommended by the Board of Education.

The student(s) shall be subject to an examination by a psychologist before he/she or those involved shall be allowed back into school.

The student(s) shall be prosecuted under the Minnesota State Law 609.79, subdivision 1, which states:  “whoever, without disclosing his/her identity and with intent to alarm or annoy another, makes a telephone call, whether or not conversation ensues, may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 90 days or to payment of a fine not more than $100.00”.

 

Whoever intentionally gives a false alarm of fire, or unlawfully breaks, injures, defaces, or removes any such box or disturbs any of the wired, poles, or other supports and appliances connected with or forming a part of any fire alarm system or any auxiliary fire appliance is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be prosecuted under Minnesota State Law.

 

FIRE DRILLS/ INTRUDER DRILLS/NATURAL DISASTER (TORNADO) DRILLS

 

A natural disaster (tornado) plan and fire exit route is posted in each classroom.  Students should become familiar with the plan.  When a drill is announced over the P.A. system or by the faculty, or the fire alarm is sounded, everyone must go to the designated shelter area and remain there until the “all clear” is given.  The main purpose is to get to the sheltered area promptly, efficiently, and safely. 

 

 

STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION

 

District 630 considers the following data to be directory information, which is available for public release. Data includes:  Name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, grade level, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, height and weight of member of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student and names and pictures of students participating in or attending extra-curricular activities, school events and high school league activities or events.  Students may be videotaped or recorded for educational purposes.

 

Parents have the right to request that the information listed above not be provided for the student or self.  Any parent or adult student who wants to make this request must do so prior to the first day of school each year.  After that time, school officials will assume the listed information can be in the public domain.

 

 

Red Lake Falls Public School District 630

Student Computer Acceptable Use Policy

 

The computer network is the property of ISD 630 and is to be used for academic purposes.  Students are provided access to the computer network and the Internet to assist them in the educational process.  All students have a responsibility to use the district’s computers for legitimate school projects/assignments.  Abuse of computers, prohibited activities, the computer network, or the Internet will result in disciplinary action that may lead to loss of computer privileges for a day, month or the school year.

 

Students are given computer access to enhance the educational process.  Students should have no expectation of privacy in anything they create, store, send or receive using the district’s computer equipment.  The computer network is the property of ISD 630 and the staff has the right to access and review any and all materials created, stored, sent or received by any student.  ISD 630 has the right to utilize software to monitor student usage of the school’s technology equipment.

 

The Internet is a worldwide network of computers that contains millions of pages of information.  Students are cautioned that many of these pages contain material inappropriate for the school environment.  The school district has an Internet filtering system (Sonic Wall Fire Wall) in place that is programmed to block offensive sites.  However, no such devices are foolproof and it is impossible to monitor the students at all times.  Teachers and Staff members will assist students in becoming good information consumers.  Students are responsible for their behavior and use of the information when accessing the Internet.  Parents/Guardians are responsible for setting the standards they expect their child to follow.

 

ISD 630 does not provide individual e-mail accounts for the students nor does it endorse the use of e-mail.  Parents/students should be aware that having an e-mail address on the Internet may lead to receipt of unsolicited e-mail containing offensive content.  In addition, students are cautioned against giving out any personal information (real name, address, phone number, etc.) when using the Internet/e-mail.  ISD 630 is not responsible for material viewed by students through their e-mail accounts.  However, district employees have the right to read anything on a school computer monitor and students will be held responsible for any material they choose to view. 

 

To gain access to the ISD 630 Computer Network, all students and a parent/guardian must sign and return this Acceptable Use Policy.  Each student will then be given a user ID and will be responsible for logging on and off the computers and follow all instructions given by the supervisor in charge.  Any student coming across any prohibited material, network messages or warnings on the school’s computers is responsible to immediately notify the supervisor in charge.

 

Prohibited Activities/Material on the district’s computers include but are not limited to:

Downloading (whether from a disc, CD-Rom, Internet, etc.)  This includes screen-savers, games, music, wallpaper, pictures, video clips, viruses, etc.

Violating copyright laws

Chat-rooms / Bulletin Boards / Yahoo Messenger / MSN Messenger/ Windows Messaging/ Novel Messenger etc.

Offensive, fraudulent, harassing, embarrassing, sexually explicit, profane, obscene, intimidating, defamatory, unlawful materials or otherwise inappropriate for the school environment

Personal Advertisements, solicitations, promotions, mailing lists

Jokes

Purchasing/bidding on items on-line

Tampering with/damaging the schools computers

Using a computer without logging on properly or logging onto a computer under another students ID; accessing/sending/transmitting data or confidential information belonging to another student

Using the computers for personal/commercial publications (without prior permission/payment)

Deleting/changing programs/settings

E-mail forwards, attachments, chain-letters

 

 

____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Detach and return to the Media Center as soon as possible

 

 

Student Acknowledgement of Understanding

 

I have read and agree to comply with the terms of this policy governing the use of ISD 630’s computers.  I understand that violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action.

 

_____________________________________________  _____________________  _______

                  student signature                                                 date                     grade

 

________________________________________            

               student’s printed name                                     

 

I have read and discussed the ISD 630 Computer Acceptable Use Policy with _______________ and grant permission for him/her to use the district’s computers.                                 student’s name

 

_______________________________________________________  _____________________

                  parent/guardian signature                                                          date                          


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INDEX

 


A

APPROPRIATE DRESS                                 20

B

BICYCLES/ROLLER BLADES/SKATE BOARDS         3

BOARD POLICIES                                       30

BULLYING                                                   12

BUS PASSES                                                4

C

CLOTHING                                                  20

COMPUTER ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY    31

CONDUCT AT GAMES – SCHOOL SPORTSMANSHIP 7

CONDUCT AT SCHOOL PROGRAMS/CONCERTS – CONCERT ETIQUETTE  8

D

DESKS                                                          7

DESTRUCTION OR THEFT OF SCHOOL PROPERTY   20

DISCIPLINE DEFINITIONS                            9

District #630 Mission Statement                  1

DRUG FREE AND WEAPON FREE SCHOOLS 26

E

ELEMENTARY STAFF                                    1

EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING               22

EMERGENCY SITUATION                           22

ENTERING THE SCHOOL BUILDING            3

F

FIRE ALARM, FIRE EQUIPMENT, EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT, CAMERA TAMPERING & BOMB THREATS    27

FIRE DRILLS/ NATURAL DISASTER (TORNADO) DRILLS/LOCK DOWN DRILLS       27

G

GENERAL DISCIPLINE POLICIES AT J. A. HUGHES   8

H

HAZING POLICY/DEFINITION                     27

I

I.S.D. # 630 BOARD OF EDUCATION            1

IMMUNIZATIONS                                        23

K

K-3 READ WELL LEGISLATION & LITERACY PLAN    26

L

LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS                    24

LOCKERS AND PERSONAL POSSESSIONS WITHIN A LOCKER         7

LOST AND FOUND                                      23

M

MANDATED REPORTER RESPONSIBLILITIES            24

MEDICATION POLICY                                 23

MILK BREAK                                                 7

MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS       25

MORE INFORMATION ON BOARD POLICIES 1

N

NOTICES AND COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS    24

NWEA – NORTHWEST EVALUATION ASSOCIATION MEASURES OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS (MAP 26

O

OFFICE HOURS - TEACHER HOURS – STUDENT HOURS      3

P

Parent Rights                                              29

PARKING                                                       3

PERSONAL POSSESSIONS AND STUDENT’S PERSON          7

PERSONAL POSSESSIONS, LOCKERS, AND VALUABLES     7

PRESCHOOL SCREENING                          25

PROCEDURE FOR REPORTING ABSENCES: 6

PROCESS TO ADDRESS CONCERNS         29

Prohibited Items:                                           9

PROMOTION AND RETENTION POLICY      25

PUPIL PROGRESS                                       24

R

Red Lake Falls Public Schools I.S.D. # 630 Phone Numbers  3

REPORTING PROCEDURES FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT      28

RESPONSIBILITIES AND RULES                10

S

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE – IT IS THE LAW    5

SCHOOL BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAM 6

SCHOOL BUS REGULATIONS                    18

SCHOOL CALENDAR 2014-2015                  2

SCHOOL PLEDGE                                         1

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY                 28

STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION         4

STUDENT DROP OFF and ADMISSION TO BUILDING            3

T

TABLE OF CONTENTS                                  0

TARDINESS                                                   6

TECHNOLOLOGY USE                                26

TELEPHONE/CELL PHONES                      25

U

UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIORS AND CONSEQUENCES          12

V

VISITING SCHOOL and VISITOR PASSES    4

W

WALKERS                                                     3

WEATHER                                                   21

Welcome to J.A. Hughes Elementary School 1

2014-2015 School Year                                 1

WINTER DRESS                                          21

WINTER PLAYGROUND GUIDELINES         21